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A new buffer management scheme for hierarchical shared memory switches

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2 Author(s)
A. K. Choudhury ; Bell Labs., Lucent Technol., Holmdel, NJ, USA ; E. L. Hahne

We study a multistage hierarchical asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) switch in which each switching element has its own local cell buffer memory that is shared among all its output ports. We propose a novel buffer management technique called delayed pushout that combines a pushout mechanism (for sharing memory efficiently among queues within the same switching element) and a backpressure mechanism (for sharing memory across switch stages). The backpressure component has a threshold to restrict the amount of sharing between stages. A synergy emerges when pushout, backpressure, and this threshold are all employed together. Using a computer simulation of the switch under symmetric but bursty traffic, we study delayed pushout as well as several simpler pushout and backpressure schemes under a wide range of loads. At every load level, we find that the delayed pushout scheme has a lower cell loss rate than its competitors. Finally, we show how delayed pushout can be extended to share buffer space between traffic classes with different space priorities

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IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 5 )